Not. Even. Close.
Olaf Kolzig allowed 4 goals on 39 shots in the loss.
14:09 Recchi (3), (Krajicek, Vrbata)
18:19 TB Jokinen (6), (Meszaros, Ranger)(PP)
01:33 DET Datsyuk (5), (Lidstrom, Hossa)
01:38 DET Zetterberg (10), (Franzen, Hossa)(PP)
02:30 DET Samuelsson (3), (Datsyuk, Kronwall)(PP)
09:21 DET Franzen (7), (Zetterberg, Samuelsson)
15:42 TB Pettinger (1), (St. Louis, Prospal)
The Lightning were outshot 39-18 in the game.
When the Detroit Red Wings come to town, it's an opportunity for every other team to see how they measure up. Whether you like Detroit or not, they have been almost inarguably the most successful franchise in hockey for more than a decade. They have a system and a program, and it doesn't matter who the players are or even who the coaches are, they win hockey game. That's how they could absorb the losses of Hall of Fame caliber players like Steve Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan without skipping a beat. They are the measuring stick.
In the 2003-2004 regular season when the Lightning scratched a clawed their way to a point against Detroit in a very evenly matched contest between what would eventually become the first and second highest point totals in the league, it became very clear the Lightning were a legit contender for the Stanley Cup they hoisted at the end of that season. Tonight? Not. Even. Close. Yeah, I know it was a one goal game on paper, but when you get outshot by more than a 2:1 ratio and get completely outclassed in the final frame when you entered the period with a one goal lead to protect, it shows that you're miles behind the big dogs.
Now the Lightning have their first three game regulation losing streak of the season, and one has to wonder if the scenario we wondered about this summer on Bolt Prospects is potentially about to come to pass. Will the organization pull together, or does this all degenerate into a circular firing squad? Honestly, I think there's only two people who can really pull this out of the gutter right now: Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis. This is their team and it's been their team for years. The solutions clearly aren't coming from the front office or the coaching staff, so they need to come from inside the room from the team leaders.
Steven Stamkos was -1 in 9:51 with 1 hit and was 40% on draws.
Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Rimouski Oceanic 4
W/C Luca Cunti, RIM: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 4-12-16, -2, 12 PIM
Brampton Battalion 4 @ Mississauga St. Michaelâ€™s Majors 3 (SO)
W Kyle DeCoste, BRA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: DeCoste: 18 GP, 5-3-8, -7, 17 PIM
Edmonton Oil Kings 3 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 4 (SO)
G Torrie Jung, EDM: Shootout loss, 30 saves
Season totals: 8 GP, 3-3-0-2, 3.13 GAA, .902 sv%, 1 shutout
Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 @ Spokane Chiefs 5
G Dustin Tokarski, SPO: Win, 35 saves, *First Star*
Season totals: 17 GP, 11-4-0-2, 1.68 GAA, .947 sv%, 3 shutouts
Tokarski continues to lead the league in GAA, save percentage, and shutouts. Heâ€™s third in wins. Unofficially this was his fourth First Star of the year, to go along with five Seconds and two Thirds.
Vancouver Giants 3 @ Kelowna Rockets 1
C James Wright, VAN: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 19 GP, 9-10-19, +13, 6 PIM
How not to inspire confidence in the Lightning fan base.
Mike Smith allowed 4 goals on 31 shots for the loss.
16:33 FLA McCabe (1), (Campbell, Olesz)
01:28 FLA Horton (6), (unassisted)(PP)
10:25 FLA Campbell (1), (Bouwmeester, Horton)(PP)
16:28 FLA Campbell (2), (Bouwmeester, Peltonen)
The Lightning were outshot 31-24 in the game. Great.
Steven Stamkos was -1 in 10:59 with 1 shot and 2 hits and he was 43% on draws.
Red Deer Rebels 1 @ Prince George Cougars 6
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 1-3-4, +2, 2 PIM (holding), *Second Star*
Season totals: 20 GP, 16-13-29, -12, 21 PIM
Tyrellâ€™s goal came while shorthanded and two of his assists came on the power play. Tyrell is now seventh in the league in points and second in goals. Vancouver power forward Evander Kane (pictured - 2009 eligible) leads all scorers with 33 points in 18 games. He is indeed named after former heavyweight boxer Evander Holyfield.
Vancouver Giants 2 @ Chilliwack Bruins 3
C James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 18 GP, 9-9-18, +13, 6 PIM
Despite peppering Bruinsâ€™ goalie Marc Friesen (2009 eligible) with 43 shots, Vancouver suffered its first regulation loss of the year (14-1-0-3).
Good start to a long road trip.
Karri Ramo stopped 31 of 34 shots faced for the win.
LOW Wiseman, (1) (Rheaume, DiSalvatore), 4:07 (PP)
NOR Heward, (2) (Jones, Downie), 5:05 (PP)
LOW DiSalvatore, (2) (Swift), 5:41
NOR Heward, (3) (Hutchinson, Downie), 10:56 (PP)
NOR Szczechura, (6) (Segal, Ramo), 11:12
LOW Zharkov, (4) (Corrente, Swift), 8:17
NOR Konopka, (4) (Downie, Hutchinson), 18:41
Jamie Heward was named the game's first star.
Steve Downie had his first point in an Admirals uniform on Heward's power play marker. Zenon Konopka has a three game goal scoring streak and not-so-coincidentally, the Admirals have a three game winning streak. Veteran Andrew Hutchinson also has had two multi-point games over that stretch. Now if the Ads can get Wyatt Smith and Brandon Bochenski off the milk carton, they'll really be cooking.
Box score from TheAHL.com.